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Families Of Texas Church Shooting Victims Sue Academy For Selling Assault-Style Rifle To Killer

SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Family members of victims of a Texas church shooting are suing a sporting goods chain that sold the weapons used in the November 2017 massacre.

The lawsuit filed in state district court in San Antonio alleges Academy Sports & Outdoors illegally sold the assault-style rifle, high-capacity magazine and ammunition to Devin Kelley.

At Least 20 People Killed 24 Injured After Mass Shooting At Texas Church
Law enforcement officials gather near the First Baptist Church following a shooting on November 5, 2017 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. At least 20 people were reportedly killed and 24 injured when a gunman, identified as Devin P. Kelley, 26, entered the church during a service and opened fire. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

It argues Kelley shouldn't have been able buy the firearm from the New Braunfels, Texas store because he showed an ID from Colorado, which prohibits the sale of high-capacity weapons.

Kelley used the weapons to kill 26 people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. Each family seeks $1 million in damages.

Devin Patrick Kelley
Devin Patrick Kelley (credit: CBS News)

Some families have also separately sued the U.S. Air Force for failing to report Kelley's past crimes to a federal database.

In June 2018, the family that lost nine loved ones in the deadly shooting said it was suing the federal government for damages.  The Holcombe family says it will sue the federal government for damages.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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